In my last post we saw that Christ said it involved picking up your cross and following Him.
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple.”
Most people get tripped up by this verse because they don’t understand the usage of the word hate in the Scripture. This word has no emotional attachment to it. It’s just like the word agape, used to convey the idea of love. Hate is a choice rather than an emotion.
This word hate means a choice to not participate with. There are times when being a disciple of Christ means that you choose not to participate in every family event. Maybe it’s a baby shower or a graduation party that’s held on a Sunday morning.
Christ is saying that if you choose to participate with your family over the Lord, then it shows that you’re not a disciple. You might be a believer who loves God. But you have yet to choose the high road of discipleship.
Following Christ can be very inconvenient at times. However, if you want the same results as Christ, you must live as He does.
Jesus also makes the point that we must count the cost of discipleship.
“In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”
If you find your Christian walk to be easy, then you’re not yet a disciple. The closer you follow to Christ, the harder your choices will become. But there is a bright side. The longer you serve the Lord, the easier it will be to make those choices.
It’s all about cultivating an attitude – I am nothing else but a disciple. It may sound like a tough road, but in the end it’s worth it.
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
The way of discipleship leads to a fulfilled life. There’s a manifestation of the power of God working through you. When you live at this level it becomes obvious to all those around you. Your life shows the fruit of the spirit.
It’s apparent that you couldn’t produce the blessings that you’re walking in. God is at work in you. That’s the ultimate goal. Living as a disciple shows God’s glory.
It’s that glory that will draw others to Christ. This is what the Christian walk is all about.
Question: How much is the glory of God worth to you?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014